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Day: October 8, 2019

Health Expert Calls For Establishment of Govt General Hospital in Uyo

Health Expert Calls For Establishment of Govt General Hospital in Uyo

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An expert in Epidemiology in Akwa Ibom state, Dr. Aniekeme Uwah has restated his call for the establishment of a general hospital owned by the state government in Uyo the state capital. Uwah who made the call during interaction with newsmen yesterday in Uyo said there were so many people in Uyo that need free Healthcare services, adding that the absence of a government-owned secondary health facility explained the influx at the teaching hospital. His words, “I have continued to advocate that there is a need for a secondary health facility in Uyo. It cannot be overemphasized. Uyo is the most densely populated Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom. “And we need such a facility for easy access to health services because most times especially when the government comes up with programmes the gove
Community Pharmacists Worry Over Exposure of Nigerians to Falsified Medicines

Community Pharmacists Worry Over Exposure of Nigerians to Falsified Medicines

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Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, Lagos has expressed concern over alarming rate at which Nigerians are exposed to falsified medicines and expired drugs due to weak legislation on pharmacy matters in Nigeria. Lagos State Chairman of the Association, Pharm Olabanji Obideyi said that the situation had been worsened due to lack of adequate infrastructure by the regulatory authorities to carry out their jobs. Speaking during the 2019 World Pharmacists’ Day celebration with the theme; “Safe and Effective Medicines for All” Obideyi disclosed that on daily basis, illegal premises are springing up by charlatans who do not have any formal training on medicines. The only motivation they have is to profiteer at the expense of citizen’s lives. “In these illegal outlets,
UNICEF Raises Alarm as Malnutrition Hits Nasarawa

UNICEF Raises Alarm as Malnutrition Hits Nasarawa

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The increasing cases of malnutrition in Nasarawa state has is becoming a worrisome situation to stakeholders, parents and residents in the state NAN visited some health centres in the state and gathered that children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition and stunted growth were on admission, especially Dalhatu Araf Specialists Hospital Lafia some health workers approached in all the hospitals and health centres refused to comment on the number of children admitted or lives lost so far, but the general complain was anchored on non-availability of Ready to Use Food. In a telephone interview, the Executive Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Mohammed Adis insisted that the cases of malnutrition was a nationwide issue not peculiar to Nasarawa State. In a swift r...
NMA Moves to Stop N55bn Health Fund Diversion

NMA Moves to Stop N55bn Health Fund Diversion

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The Nigerian Medical Association has moved to help the Federal Government’s partnership to ensure judicious spending of the N55bn Basic Health Care Provision Fund being disbursed to states. Fifteen states and the Federal Capital Territory shared N6.5bn meant for the National Health Insurance Scheme last month. The money was part of the N55bn earmarked by the FG for health care provision through the National Health Act 2014. While the NHIS will receive 50 per cent of the fund, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency will get 45 per cent, with the remaining five per cent to be given to the Ministry of Health for emergency responses. The total amount of money released in September was N13.8bn, with the NHIS getting N6.5bn from the money. Edo State got N301m while Kastina State
Pharmacists Leaving Nigeria Every Day, Says PSN

Pharmacists Leaving Nigeria Every Day, Says PSN

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria on Monday painted a more gloomy future for the nation’s health sector. The PSN Chairman in Oyo State, Abiodun Ajibade, who spoke at the commencement of the Pharmacy Week 2019, expressed fears that Nigeria’s health sector needed salvation as pharmacists leave the country on a daily basis. Recall that the stakeholders in the health sector like the Nigeria Medical Association and the Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo had few days ago raised the alarm over the development. Ajibade confirmed the rising number of pharmacists who are migrating from Nigeria for greener pasture abroad. Ajibade said, “Pharmacists population in Nigeria is very low, this is in spite of the great potential for growth occasioned by c